Tour and cider making set for Woodchuck Lodge

Roxbury — The final tours of the season at naturalist John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury will be offered Columbus Day weekend, October 6, 7 and 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

A special feature of this weekend will be cider making on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. This will also be the last opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket to win a hand-turned pen made from the wood of the red oak tree that once shaded the lodge. Drawing of the winning ticket will be Monday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m.

Tours of the lodge (1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury) are free, and registration is not necessary. Follow signs from Route 30 to Hardscrabble Road, just north of the hamlet of Roxbury.

Cider Sunday
On Sunday, Oct. 7, John McDaniel, a Woodchuck Lodge board member and program director at the Manhattan Country School Farm, will bring his traditional hand-cranked apple press to make some fresh, cold cider. Try your hand at the crank and enjoy a cup of autumn gold!

Woodchuck Lodge is an 1862 farmhouse that was built by John Burroughs’ brother, Curtis on the east end of the family homestead farm. It was the summer home of the famed naturalist from 1910 to 1920, the final years of a productive, celebrated life.

Guided tours start on the rustic porch John built, and proceed through the first floor of the house, where Burroughs entertained guests like Henry Ford and Thomas Edison.
For more information, call 586-4973, go to, or find JohnBurroughsofWoodchuckLodge on Facebook!